Warren Hellman

A new exhibition is opening at the Contemporary Jewish Museum starting September 18th: Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman. While Hellman passed away back in 2011, his mark on the local music scene remains untouched, as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival continues to be one of the most diverse, creative, and accessible events in the Bay Area.

This exhibit will celebrate Hellman’s life and the iconic festival he founded, and will focus on video footage taken from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass performances over the years:

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman will center on film footage from HSB’s archive of live performances—making hundreds of hours available to the general public for the first time. Special, resonant personal objects will also be included—such as Hellman’s Star-of-David rhinestone studded jacket and signed banjo—along with HSB ephemera, and a station for exploring his well-loved joke collection.

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman will be on display in museum’s Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt “Yud” Gallery, and will also feature audio from recorded festival sets, as well festival scrapbooks and other interactive exhibits.

Check out additional details about Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and as a reminder, this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will take place October 3rd-5th, and should be a doozy, as always.